- China.org.cn, April 22, 2015
The city of Loudi is located in central part of Hunan Province and has an area of 8,117 square kilometers with a population of 4.45 million. The city enjoys a subtropical continental monsoon climate, creating humid weather with moderate temperatures and four distinct seasons. The annual average temperature falls around 16.5 C to 17.5 C.
Zijuanjie Terraced Fields in Loudi [Photo/China.org.cn]
Loudi has 47 kinds of mineral resources, 25 of which have proven reserves. Its antimony reserve ranks first in the world, and its reserves of coal, dolomite, limestone and marble rank first in Hunan Province. A sizable raw materials processing industry has been built in the area. The city is also expected to become a major energy raw materials development area.
The Hunan-Guizhou and Luoyang-Zhanjiang railways both interconnect in Loudi, while two national highways and two provincial highways run through the city area. Loudi's telecommunications, energy supply and urban construction infrastructure are all being improved. The city is expected to become a major transport hub and commercial product distribution center in southern China in the future.
The National Forest Park at Mount Daxiong ("Big Bear") has a total area of 7,623 hectares with forest coverage reaching 95 percent. Boyue Cave is a grand limestone cave with considerable scientific and historic value, while the area's stunning karst landscapes make it increasingly well-known to visitors. The Meijiang Scenic Area, with its steep peaks and mysterious caves, is yet another popular attraction in the vicinity of Loudi.
Its GDP reached 121.1 billion yuan in 2014, up 8.1 percent over 2013.